Hayride Accident Injures Teen Volunteer
The Pumpkin Festival at Hart Park was the scene of a hayride accident on Friday night. The Signal reported that a 15-year old volunteer dressed as a character along the Hayride of Horrors route was run over by a trailer.
The teen was part of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society’s Halloween celebration at William S. Hart Park. As he approached the hayride trailer, he slipped under the wheel and was run over. It was reported that about 13 passengers were on the trailer at the time of the 8:30 p.m. incident. The trailer was being pulled by a truck along the route which is the longest hayride in Los Angeles County. The victim suffered significant injury and was transported to the hospital, but is reported to be in stable condition.
Hayrides, while fun, do present significant risks of injuries to those involved. Each year, numerous injuries and deaths involving hayride trailers are reported across the United States. Many questions arise regarding such incidents.
An appropriate investigation can help determine how the incident occurred and prevent such accidents from occurring again. What were the conditions in the area along the route where the incident occurred? Were the volunteers adequately trained and made aware of the hazards along the hayride route? Did the volunteer’s character wardrobe play a part in his slipping under the wheel of the trailer? Was there adequate supervision of the teen volunteers participating in the event?